Vail Daily obituary: James Gerald Fitzpatrick III, 1952-2012
Ryan Summerlin December 7, 2012
Family and friends grieve their loss of a cherished companion. Jamie Fitzpatrick died tragically and unexpectedly on Monday.
A most vibrant spirit throughout his life, tireless in his commitment to family and friends, unfaltering in his kindness to others, tenacious in his perpetual quest of physical endeavors, it brings comfort to know he realized the potential of a select few in his much too short life.
Born in St. Johns New Brunswick, he lived his young life in Montreal and Ste. Agathe, skiing the Laurentian Mountains, playing pick-up hockey on the frozen lake in front of their home and haunting the country golf courses. That prepared him well for his later life in Colorado, climbing almost all 14ers, skiing in his expert style the many slopes, fishing the waters, tearing up tennis squash and paddle courts, mastering the golf courses, biking the passes, challenging the singletracks – a sampling of his accomplishments.
His professional world was as generous and successful as his personal one and those who worked with him in any capacity will feel the loss immensely. As executive vice president for Corum Real Estate Group, he took his expertise outside of his company’s development to many other entities. He relished his role in mentoring graduate students in the annual Rocky Mountain Real Estate Challenge at the University of Colorado Boulder Leeds School of Business. In the words of a close friend who directs that program, “Jamie was the ultimate good guy and a wonderful ambassador for our business.”
Jamie’s most extraordinary and treasured gift was how and who he was as father, husband, son, brother, uncle, godparent and friend. His beloved mother Joan Dorothy Timmins Fitzpatrick precedes him in death. He is survived by his wife, Quinn and his sons, Kemper and Hayden. Also surviving Jamie are father James Gerald Fitzpatrick (Susan Riddell), sister Colleen Malet (Charlie), brothers Michael (Bette), Sean (Susie), Bryan (Nancy), and Tim (Martha), and wonderful nieces and nephews.
The memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Most Precious Blood Catholic Church. Reception to follow at the Denver Country Club.
In lieu of flowers, the family appreciates contributions to Volunteers of Outdoor Colorado or the charity of choice.